The Voynich Cypher

The Voynich Cypher

Russell Blake / Jun 04, 2020

The Voynich Cypher When a sacred relic is stolen from its subterranean guarded vault Dr Steven Cross amateur cryptologist becomes embroiled in a deadly quest to decipher one of history s most enigmatic documents a

  • Title: The Voynich Cypher
  • Author: Russell Blake
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  • Page: 470
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  • When a sacred relic is stolen from its subterranean guarded vault, Dr Steven Cross, amateur cryptologist, becomes embroiled in a deadly quest to decipher one of history s most enigmatic documents a 15th century parchment written entirely in unbreakable code The Voynich Manuscript Stalked by secret societies, and aided by the daughter of a murdered colleague, a trail oWhen a sacred relic is stolen from its subterranean guarded vault, Dr Steven Cross, amateur cryptologist, becomes embroiled in a deadly quest to decipher one of history s most enigmatic documents a 15th century parchment written entirely in unbreakable code The Voynich Manuscript Stalked by secret societies, and aided by the daughter of a murdered colleague, a trail of riddles catapults Cross from England to Italy to the Middle East, where a Byzantine web of ancient secrets leads him to a revelation so profound it will change the world order.

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    1. Though I have heard of him before, this was the first time that I got a chance to read Russell Blake’s work.The story begins with a vivid description of how a scroll gets stolen. Right from the first line of the first chapter, the author manages to grab your attention. Then we move on to our protagonist, Steven Archer. We are given a glimpse into his life with Antonia and his life after her. Steven is the head of a software company and a cryptologist by hobby. He had managed to combine his bus [...]

    2. This is a total, and I do mean total, knock-off of The Da Vinci Code. Let's see Brilliant symbologist cryptologist? Check. Daughter of murdered guy who held the secret of? Check. Sadistic evil guy slavishly devoted to evil father figure? Check. Good guy who turns out to be bad guy? Check. Secret that can destroy the Catholic Church? Check. Not-great writing? Check.What is it missing that The Da Vinci Code had? Depth. Excitement. Suspense.It wasn't terrible, it was justere. It all seemed totally [...]

    3. This is very much in the genre some say was created by Dan Brown, and if not his creation he has had the most success with it.Our protagonist; Dr. Steven Cross is an amateur cryptographer who has had success decrypting various ancient codes. However the Voynich Cypher continues to elude him as well as most other cryptologists.However there is a rumour that part of the cypher that has the key code has recently been stolen from an until then secret hiding place.As Cross first tries to find the scr [...]

    4. A twisted ride of suspense and intrigue! This was the first Russell Blake book that I have read, but it won't be the last. The Voynich Cypher is a fast-paced, intelligently written story with twist and turns that kept me up late at night until the very end. The characters are real and flawed, as we are in real life. I was as hooked by this book as I was by the Da Vinci Code--if you liked Da Vinci, The Voynich Cypher has the same flavor--I urge you to pick it up. A must read for any suspense love [...]

    5. Russell Blake comes out of the gate strong in 2012, with The Voynich Cypher, a refreshingly unique and thrilling addition to a genre worn thin over the past decade. As with all Blake novels, the plot accelerates rapidly, and cleverly devised twists hide around every corner, leaving the reader in a constantly satisfied state of suspense. The Voynich Cypher reintroduces Dr. Steven Cross (formerly Archer) from Blake's critically acclaimed trilogy serial, Zero Sum.After narrowly escaping with his li [...]

    6. I have to admit, when I picked up this book, I wasn't sure whether I'd read it before. Let's see, we have an amateur genius cryptologist, a stolen ancient scroll which leads to a secret that could destroy the Church, a secret order within the Church that will stop at nothing to get the scroll back, a ruthless billionaire who'll stop at nothing to own it, all tied in to a well-known mysterious object that has baffled academics for a century - sound familiar? It's starting to become a well-worn fo [...]

    7. Clearly in the same vein as Da Vinci Code, as the codes are cracked and the secrets unleashed to lead our unlikely couple to the climax that could transform the Church and the world as we know it. It did keep my attention, but left me feeling rather unconvinced at a couple crucial moments. I wasn't quite sold by the actual clues, or by their ability (or lack thereof) to solve them, until the plot demanded a breakthrough. Making the pivotal characters so apathetic towards any and all religious ma [...]

    8. I really liked this book. I reminded me at times of the Da Vinci Code and that is one of my favorites. I couldn't put this book down because I wanted to know what was coming next and how it was all going to end. I was shocked at the end to say the least because I didn't see it ending the way it did but it was the best ending I think it could have had. I fell in love with the characters and found myself nervous during parts because I wasn't sure how it was all going to end and if they were going [...]

    9. The story is ok although both the cryptographic part of the plot and the plot itself are lightweight. Ending could have been less abrupt, I mean, the suspense building is rather nice then the end. Slightly disappointing. A good read, no more.

    10. Little too much like someone who is watching a movie and describing it to someone else. Good story. But, too much thinking like a movie. Transitions from scene to scene are a bit rough.

    11. A book about good,evil, secrecy and religionInteresting characters who were well developed. Near the end,you figure the secret if the cypher is it, and something else is thrown in. Great read; was difficult to put aside.

    12. Good reading bookI liked the book it kept me interested through the entire book. The secrecy of the church , the knowledge of the area all led to the intrigue . I would recommend it.

    13. Suppressed knowledgeReligious control of historical knowledge leads to killings around the Mediterranean and USA. Resulting in a trade of relics for safety. Nothing gained for the masses. No answers here concerning the voynich mystery.

    14. The Voynich CypherThe Voynich Cypher by Russell Blake is a really a good read. If you are a Da Vinci Code fan you will certainly enjoy this.

    15. Lousy read. Poor attempt at copying Dan Brown. Many plot loopholes and inconsistencies that are very frustrating, starting with the original premise.

    16. VERY Entertaining!This book immediately jumps to the front as my favorite RB novel. The characters. The story and ending. I enjoy it when someone takes something historical and crafts an amazing story around it.

    17. Russell Blake's latest addition to his already outstanding arsenal, The Voynich Cypher, is just another testament to why he has become a favorite author of many. Each of his titles have been different in their subject matter, different in their plots, and different in their overall writing style. However, all of them have been stupendous in keeping you engaged, entertained, and in the end a little more educated. Blake is superb in his research and keeping the book realistic, while taking your mi [...]

    18. I went to Catholic schools as a child and in Junior High we were asked to write stories about what the world would be like if all copies of the Bible were lost or destroyed. I rebelled and wrote why I was sure it couldn’t happen instead. Russell Blake’s The Voynich Cypher evokes a similar response in me, but it’s fiction, like Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. All fiction involves the willing suspension of belief, and those moments when disbelief becomes un-suspended either make us think or mak [...]

    19. Compelling, Fast Paced ReadWow! It was love at first sight between me and Dr. Steven Archer Cross. Dr. Cross is self made man who retired from his own software company at age 30. Seeking intellectual stimulation, Archer immersed himself in cryptography, often using his super computer skills and the resources of his newer hobby software company, to unlock the mystery of codes. Cross is at loose ends, recovering from the death of his beloved Antonia and living in Italy when Winston Twain, a collea [...]

    20. I will admit up front, I'm not a huge fan of suspenseful gun packed action-adventure stories involving cyphers and secret societies. Sure I've read and enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, but Angels and Demons by the same author has sat on my shelf unread for years. The premise is Dr. Steven Cross, crypotologist widower, is surprised by Natalie super-hot chick in catsuit with the unfortunate news that suddenly an intellectual exercise of his, The Voynich Cypher, has become a life or death riddle. They mu [...]

    21. Thanks to my husband, I knew just how good this book really was. Sure, I would have enjoyed it. What’s not to like? There’s intrigue, danger, romance, mystery, emotion, and so on. From the first word to the last, you’ll be hooked. But without hubby’s previous book recommendations, I wouldn’t have known it was as good as novels by Clive Cussler and Dan Brown.Dr. Steven Cross goes from decoding as a hobby to a world-wide adventure that puts his life in danger. Enter Natalie Twain, a woma [...]

    22. Russell Blake’s newest release, “The Voynich Cipher” is an exciting, fast paced thrill ride. The novel opens with the theft of an ancient relic from a medieval church in rural England and races on from there. The relic contains part of a medieval parchment, the Voynich Manuscript that has defeated cryptographers for centuries.Dr. Steven Cross, an amateur cryptologist, has written software that enables him to break ancient codes much more quickly. When the relic disappears and another crypt [...]

    23. Overall I found the Voynich Cypher to be a good read, but without many twists and turns and found the story maybe a bit too predictable and thin. A rainy afternoons entertainment. Then again, with a thriller there are only so many moves on the chessboard with moves being finite. Despite that the story kept me turning the pages for the entertainment. The author has a good voice and his main characters are nicely developed--like Goldilocks: not too much and not too little. You will find yourself t [...]

    24. For me, this was a little bit of a letdown book. It was entertaining - good guys, bad guys, some romance, action, and history thrown in. The problem was I didn't think it lived up to it's counter part which for me was "The da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown. == Slight Spoiler ==I think I didn't appreciate that there were two climaxes for the book. That bothered me. I thought that them getting the manuscript out of there hands was going to take more time/ be more intriguing, but it seemed like such a le [...]

    25. Thriller ProblemsThat an ancient document could change the course of history is nonsense. The author does a respectable job dealing with this problem. The protagonist is a step above most thriller heroes in that he behaves intelligently and simply wants to extricate himself from a dangerous situation he did not create. In addition, one of the groups in the quest is much more a legitimate competitor, well aware of the moral ambiguities involved, for the prize than a villainous enemy. On the downs [...]

    26. For his thirteenth novel, The Voynich Cypher, Russell Blake once again blows readers out of the water with his genius story-telling capabilities. We're once again reading about Dr. Steven Cross, who's journey to decipher one of the most cryptic secrets history has been holding on to, is a gripping and mind blasting consipiracy theory that makes Brown's The DaVinci Code look like a first grade level reader. More intense and arresting than The DaVinci Code, Blake grabs readers attention with a sha [...]

    27. Enjoyed itJust finished this book, it is the first one I have read by Russell Blake, and I am looking forward to reading many more.In this book we meet Dr. Steven Cross,who enjoys figuring out ancient ciphers, he is offered a clue to help decipher an ancient book referred to by the name The Voynich Cypher which was written around 1200 ad and no one has been able to figure it out. He agrees to work on the translation with the deceased owner's daughter, to learn the secret it hides. Both The Catho [...]

    28. Two groups in pursuit to lay claims for an ancient scroll. As usually, those phrases "secret that could shatter the foundation of the church" , "secret that can bring the people back to church". Those phrase which are in vogue ever since the "the da Vinci code" and "angels n demons" became the best sellers. I don't want to be harsh in judging the book as an imitation of Dan Brown's books. However, i cant help but draw parallels. Conspiracy theory, chases, papal agents, turn coats, a hired sadist [...]

    29. Just another badly written Dan Brown knockoff, with holes in the plot you could drive a bus through, I mean if the the missing piece to the puzzle is so important why keep it in a basement with an passage accessible from a well! Thats like building a Death Star with a direct passage to the main power plant through the exhaust - ow that's already been done!Even the red herrings weren't even credible. I'd figured out the ending about half way through and I got to a point where I couldn't care less [...]

    30. This is a book with no merit. I was tricked into reading it because of its title but was quickly very disappointed. The book is an obvious attempt to mimic Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and it fails at all levels. I don't even like the Da Vinci code that much but at least it has the redeeming quality that it uses real facts about his art to link it the book's fiction. There is also an element of suspense. The Voynich Cycpher on the other hand, provides no insights whatsoever into the Voynich manuscr [...]

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